Magnetism Lesson Plan: Create a Thinking Map
Submitted by: Aaron R. Lucas
In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students use BrainPOP resources (including the Make-A-Map tool) to explore magnetism, and create a thinking map.
- Students will be able to explain how magnets work and are used in everyday life.
Preparation:Preview the movie and Make-A-Map tool.
- Students will be given magnets to work with and use. The students will discuss and jot down anything they notice and knowledge that they have about magnets in general.
- In partnerships, students will use the Make-A-Map tool to create a thinking map about magnetism. The goal for this first draft of the Make-A-Map will be to elicit students' background knowledge.
- Students will then briefly share with their peers their first draft of their concept maps.
- Next (or on the second day), students will watch the BrainPOP video on Magnetism.
- Press play on the movie a second time. After the letter to Tim is read at the beginning of the video, stop the movie.
- Students will then formulate two open-ended questions that they have about magnetism.
- Enable the closed captioning feature of the video to support the ELLs in the class. Students will take notes as the video is played the second time.
- Students will discuss what they learned from watching the video. The students will then share whether or not their questions were answered in the video.
- Questions that have not been answered will then be put in a class "parking lot" chart. This chart will serve as a springboard for further inquiry by the students.
- The students will then update their Make-A-Maps in class and research magnets using the internet and short, complex texts that have been provided by the teacher. Also show students the FYI articles on magnetism as a resource to be included in their Make-A-Maps.
- Students will be given 3-4 more periods to delve into further research and add to or refine their maps. Students will be afforded with any and all resources that are available on BrainPOP.
- Students will then present their maps in partnerships and write an individual reflection on their learning process.
- For additional assessment, students will complete the BrainPOP Review Quiz.